Patricia Ryan, M.A.  Instructor of Anthropology

Patricia Ryan, M.A.

Instructor of Anthropology

  • M.A., Anthropology
  • B.S., Religious Studies

Professor Ryan has taught a variety of anthropology courses for over 24 years, both on campus and online, five levels of English composition courses for eleven years, and a women’s studies course for two years. Along with traditional on-campus courses, Ryan has taught in a number of off-campus locations, including in factories, community centers, and in the Indiana prison system for nineteen years.  Prior to teaching college courses, she devoted twenty-five years to Classical Ballet, both dancing and teaching, working as a home-based mental health case manager and residential houseparent, running a horse boarding stable, and living ‘back to the land’ in the woods of southern Indiana.

Professor Ryan has a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies also from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct faculty, Indiana University Kokomo, 1994-1997, 2012-present
  • Associate faculty, Ashford University, 2012-2016
  • Adjunct faculty, Kaplan University, 2012
  • Contract and adjunct faculty, Ball State University, 1991-2012
  • Adjunct faculty, Ivy Tech State College, 2002

Education & Professional Certifications

  • M.A., Anthropology, Ball State University, 1998
  • B.S., Religious Studies, Ball State University, 1990

Scholarly Activity

  • Master’s Thesis: A General Model for Structural Processing in Cultural and Developmental Systems [Theory of Isomorphism in Information Systems]
  • Chaos & Order: 17th Annual International Conference in Literature, Visual Arts, and/or Cinema, Atlanta GA, November 2002, Paper Presentation: Information Processing and the Evolutionary Emergence of Consciousness in Human and Cultural Systems
  • Synodos 2000, Anodos/Arthur M. Young Foundation Award for the Theory of Process, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA, December 2000, “The Relationship of Attractors to the Development of Behavioral Patterns”